Children

Children in Worship

Children’s Sunday School will resume in September on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m.  The Fall 2019 schedule will be posted when it becomes available.

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with them.

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

The Christian Education Committee presents our students with Bibles.  Students entering first grade are given the Paraclete Bible for Kids, students entering fourth grade are given the Adventure Bible, and students entering seventh grade are presented the NRSV Student Bible which they will be using as their study Bibles throughout their three year Catechetics Program.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories.  The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.  Please notify the office if your child is entering grade 1, 4, or 7 and needs a bible.

Children’s Sunday School for children, infants through grade 6 has been growing and meet Sunday mornings from 9:15- 10:15 on the second floor from September through April.

During our 2018-2019 Program, children and teachers use the newly finished upstairs classrooms and the Youth room.  Our third through fifth grade students used a new, two year curriculum called Connect.  They spent the first year on Old Testament stories and the second year, 2018-2019, will be on the New Testament.  Through the use of engaging videos and activities, they will get to know themselves, each other, and the Bible in new ways, strengthening their faith in Christ Jesus.  Our younger children will continued using the Spark Curriculum and heard about favorite Old Testament heroes in the fall and the life of Jesus in winter and spring.  When Fall 2019 arrives make Sunday a priority in your family and bring your child(ren) to Sunday School.  The time and effort put forth is important for strengthening faith.  And, it is more fun to have a full class.  The teachers who volunteer get to use their skills and gifts for the up-building of God’s Kingdom.

*Nursery (ages 0-3) – Construction has been completed and we once again have a dedicated nursery.  Our families with young children benefit greatly from this new space.  Please contact Pastor Reep if you are willing to help during the Sunday liturgy.

*Preschool (ages 3-Pre-K)

*Kindergarten – Grade 2

*Grade 3-6 – This class collected quarters to buy farm animals for families all over the world including our country.

Nursery through Grade 2 began together each week with Godly Play (music and movement) led by Emily Reep.  This has been a big success as parents and children joined in on the fun.  Parents of children younger than 2 are asked to stay.  Groups will then split for their lesson.

Godly Play

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Grades 3-6 began with light breakfast and conversation as they caught up on each other’s week, followed by a lesson.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

Youth Group – Welcome to the 2018-2019 SPY (St. Paul’s Youth) Group for youth in grades 6 through 12.  We are so excited to invite you to our new meeting space.  Click on the picture to get the full image.

We have been meeting in our new space.  The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  We are feeling at home in our youth room, whether we are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends.  It is our hope that by participating in SPY the youth will gain a sense of belonging with their church family.  The events planned are a time for the youth to connect with one another and their leaders.    Contact Miss Kelly for more information.  Families will receive information for the 2019-2020 program when it becomes available.

Creative Fun – was a new program for 2018-2019 and  was held on Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:15 p.m. for children, youth and parents.  The Youth room was open for the children and youth of St. Paul’s.  With the help of Miss Kelly, Bible themed original pieces of art were created.  There was a variety of art projects offered most every week.  Some projects were completed in a short amount of time and others took a few evenings to complete.  The choice is yours.  There was  always an assortment of art supplies available to design your own one of a kind art piece and if you didn’t want to work on the supplied project you could play a board game or talk with a friend.  “Creative Fun” ran the same time as Cherub Choir and Cantabile Bell Choir.  If a child participated in one of the Choirs they could go to “Creative Fun” for part of the time.  Plans for 2019-2020 will be posted when available.

Acolyte – See Pastor Reep if you have a son or daughter that would be interested in becoming an acolyte.  See More

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our young people.

Confirmation Ministry Catechetics – Information for the 2019-2020 Confirmation Ministry Catechetics will be posted when it becomes available.  If you have a child entering the seventh grade or an older child who has not been confirmed, please see Pastor Reep or Miss Kelly so they are not missed for the classes starting in September.  Questions regarding the program can also be directed to them.

Click on the photos below to enlarge the picture.  Great group of young people.

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School:  Who Is My Neighbor?  
When:  Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20 – Time:  9:00-11:30 a.m. – Children:  Ages 2 1/2 (3 by September 1) through 6th grade, mark your calendars NOW.  During this fun filled week, participants will learn about how God loves them and how we can thank Him by helping others locally and around the world.  Several service projects are being planned.  Vacation Bible School is going on now.  We always can use volunteers to teach, decorate, provide and serve snacks, oversee crafts, and other activities.  Talk with Kathryn Garber, Nicki Herdson, or Patty Snyder if you are available to help.
Church Summer Camp 2018  – This Changes Everything 
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer for a camp brochure and more information.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camps offer–Christian Community, Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.  Remember, camperships are available for our members!

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4